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Jhoulys Chacin upset about GM Dan O’Dowd’s criticism

Feb 13, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

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Last week Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd criticized Jhoulys Chacin for being one of the few players not reporting to spring training in the best shape of his life, saying that he wasn’t pleased with the right-hander’s offseason workouts and added weight.

Chacin spoke to Rafael Rojas Cremonesi of the Venezuelan newspaper Meridiano and SB Nation blog Purple Row, refuting O’Dowd’s comments:

I came to Arizona this past Monday. I have not stopped training during the winter, both in my country and here. I have always done the best job I could all throughout these past few months. I don’t know where these comments came from, I believe they’re the result of what other people have told him, instead of his own personal evaluation.

I am looking forward to meeting O’Dowd personally and I am confident that he will have a different conclusion after a first-hand evaluation. He will realize he made conclusions based on incorrect claims made by other people. There’s a myth in the baseball world which states Latin players do not work at their hardest during the winter. We return to our home countries and people think all we do is party. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

Chacin added that he’s currently 226 pounds, which is actually two pounds lighter than when he reported to spring training last year and four pounds lighter than his weight at the end of the season. O’Dowd indicated that Chacin reported to spring training at 218 pounds last year, so clearly there’s been a mixup somewhere along the way.

And while there are probably better ways for both sides to address the situation than going through the media, I give Chacin a lot of credit for responding in what seems like a very calm, intelligent manner to that public criticism from his boss. Whether or not he’s actually in worse shape this year is another issue, of course.

  1. kopy - Feb 13, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    It seems really weird to split hairs over 10 pounds. At that weight, you can vary by 10 pounds simply by what time of day you weigh in and when/what you last ate.

  2. Francisco (FC) - Feb 13, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    That couldn’t be further from the truth.

    No it isn’t. My brother used to party with Armando Galarraga when he went to Venezuela every winter. They’d go out to discos late night. SOP for the majority of the players. Venezuela is far more laid back than the US. Such players miss the outright “Libertinaje” of their home and unwind. It is an exaggeration to say they do nothing but party. But there’s a REASON such a rep exists in the first place, it wasn’t made up out of thin air!

  3. mjay424 - Feb 13, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Chacin’s weight should not be a problem. The Rockies are probably far more concerned with Chacin’s ability to control and command his pitches. That’s what’s standing between him and becoming a true ace and All Star.

    Even if 226 pounds, he can remedy that in spring training. Maybe it’s not professional being that weight, if he indeed is 226, if he’s soft but it’s not a disaster to his team if he is such. Improving his control is, however, critical to team success.

    He should be the opening day starter. Does he want to be?

    Rockies’ Analyst

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